Sweet Tooth: A Memoir

Sweet Tooth A Memoir What s a sweets loving young boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the eighties supposed to think when he s diagnosed with type diabetes That God is punishing him naturally This was after all w

  • Title: Sweet Tooth: A Memoir
  • Author: TimAnderson
  • ISBN: 9781477818077
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • What s a sweets loving young boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the eighties supposed to think when he s diagnosed with type 1 diabetes That God is punishing him, naturally.This was, after all, when gay hating Jesse Helms was his senator, AIDS was still the boogeyman, and no one was saying, It gets better And if stealing a copy of a gay porno magazine from the newWhat s a sweets loving young boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the eighties supposed to think when he s diagnosed with type 1 diabetes That God is punishing him, naturally.This was, after all, when gay hating Jesse Helms was his senator, AIDS was still the boogeyman, and no one was saying, It gets better And if stealing a copy of a gay porno magazine from the newsagent was a sin, then surely what the men inside were doing to one another was much worse.Sweet Tooth is Tim Anderson s uproarious memoir of life after his hormones and blood sugar both went berserk at the age of fifteen With Morrissey and The Smiths as the soundtrack, Anderson self deprecatingly recalls love affairs with vests and donuts, first crushes, coming out, and inaugural trips to gay bars What emerges is the story of a young man trying to build a future that won t involve crippling loneliness or losing a foot to his disease and maybe even one that, no matter how unpredictable, can still be pretty sweet.

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    1. Tim Anderson had me in tears, not sad tears (though his life could have been sad with what he had to deal with), but tears of pure mirth. This memoir, primarily a coming of age story from a closeted homosexual, diabetic, awkward boy into a openly homosexual, severely diabetic, awkward man kept me reading. His honest portrayal of raging hormones,the discovery of his sexuality and the terrifying truth of it was expertly crafted to make his reader extremely uncomfortable, but also hysterical. I pic [...]

    2. Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of the ebook.“Sweet Tooth” is fun, funny and full of raging hormones. Having read and enjoyed Anderson’s previous memoir “Tune in Tokyo,” I was excited to delve into this. This book ranges from the time Tim was fifteen until his 26th birthday. Anderson pokes fun at two personal tragedies in his life, learning to live with type 1 diabetes and being an awkward and closeted gay, horny teen. The chapters in the book alternate with ac [...]

    3. This book is the kind of book you will find yourself being annoying with. To be precise, you will be laughing too loudly anywhere you read this: in the bathroom, in the library, on your couch, at school. This book is funny, humiliating, awkward and strange. At the same time, it's like so many coming of age books, and is good because it is relatable. Am I a homosexual teen with raging hormones? No, but I was once a hetero teen with raging hormones, and, though the road is a lot smoother for strai [...]

    4. I wanted to read Sweet Tooth because my sixteen year old son has Type I Diabetes, the same as Tim Anderson. Mr. Anderson (oh no, I’m having Matrix flashbacks!) begins his memoir when he is diagnosed at the age of fifteen. Strangely enough, that was also around the time that Tim discovered that he’s gay. Two major life changes at the same time. Many adults couldn’t handle a one-two punch like that as well as Tim Anderson did as a teenager. Want to know how he got through it? His sense of hu [...]

    5. One of the things I love about memoirs, whether they are from someone you have heard about before or not, is how they can get you thinking about your own life. It's amazing how reading the narration of another life, can make you rethink yours, how it can bring memories to the front of your mind that you haven't thought of in years. I'm always surprised and overjoyed when something will trigger one of my memories, especially when they revolve around sex. Within the first 25 pages of Sweet Tooth, [...]

    6. Tim Anderson is a type 1 diabetic. I am a type 2 diabetic. Tim is gay; I am straight. Tim likes alternative music. I am a heavy metal type of girl. Nonetheless, I feel like we could be besties after reading his memoir. I really liked it, I really liked him. Part quest for sex/love, part medical tome on the intricacies of navigating diabetes (sometimes not so successfully) and part what it's like to be young and searching for yourself and letting all your insecurities hang out no matter how despe [...]

    7. There's a feeling I get whenever I encounter the memoirs of non-famous people with whose work I'm not familiar. That question of "So, why do I care about [name of person] enough to read a book about their life?"In the case of Tim Anderson's Sweet Tooth, that question is basically a moot point, because the writing is so hilarious that I can see myself reading this book a dozen times and always laughing out loud. And despite the specificity of his late-1980s/early-1990s struggles as a gay diabetic [...]

    8. (4.5/5)"What's this clay sculpture you've made Tim?""It's my dead pancreas. His name is Fran"A memoir of a young man named Tim, in the closet and coming to terms with diabetes.I could not put this book down, I just wanted more. The alternating chapters of Tim's low sugar episodes was refreshing among the main chapters. Filled with many 80's and 90's music references, great humor, the progression of a man coming out sexually; this was one hell of an enjoyable read

    9. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes clichéd, this memoir about a type 1 diabetic growing up gay in North Carolina was worthwhile if a little repetitive at times. Did we need to learn of 10 separate diabetic episodes which resulted in the same outcome? A light read / listen.

    10. My new favourite gay male author. Read Tune in Tokyo first and immediately had to go to this next and it didn't disappoint. I actually find him funnier than David Sedaris, and I want more!!

    11. Full disclosure: I recieved a free copy of this as an ebook from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I don't usually read memoirs, especially of people that I've never even heard of before. I don't know why I picked up this one as a 'read now' on netgalley. I'm chalking my interest up to the fact that I live in NC, and people are VERY homophobic here. Anyways. This was quite an engaging read- funny, light-hearted, self-depricating and thoughtful. Most teenagers wouldn't be able to handle [...]

    12. Kind of a bummerhonestly not that funny :( I had to keep reminding myself that Tim Anderson is not David Sedaris. I know that's kind of unfair, but the similarity in the gay/Southern voice just invites comparison. I did not really laugh out loud while reading, and I got pretty bored of the incessant 80s/90s music references. While I usually like reading about gay culture in the 80s, I found this memoir pretty boring :(

    13. Positively loved this book. it had me laughing at the times i should not have been Although some of the parts were sad the way the story was told was a good way for the story to be told. Very well written. Comedy at its best. It was great to see that he found his husband in then end. Even the credits were funny to read. i received this book as part of first read giveaways

    14. As if being a closeted gay teenager wasn't hard enough, Tim Anderson is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, Tim puts a humorous twist on his painful experiences growing up in the 1980s. If you are into humour, this candid memoir is not to be missed.

    15. Coming of age story with diabetes. Some mildly amusing moments but nothing really engaging. The audio book passed the time while driving (listening at 1.5x speed) but the only part that was really pleasant & engaging was the last chapter & epilogue.

    16. More like 3.5. Started out fabulously, but ended up not being what I expectedwhich is more about me than the book.

    17. GoodVery well written and a good insight into teenage life dealing with homosexuality back in the nineties as well as reminding me of all great music around at the time!

    18. My feelings about this book make me uncomfortable because I'm wary of expecting amazing, revolutionary content from all gay authors all the time when I maybe wouldn't of straight authors. Like, if I were a gay man (or a diabetic) I probably would have really enjoyed it. But I'm not, and I didn't. I kept waiting for something more that never came. It wasn't really badly written or anything I just didn't have any investment in it.If I think about the concept of this book (young kid who loves sweet [...]

    19. This review was originally published to Bookish ArdourI ate Sweet Tooth up. Seriously. I found myself cracking a smile every so often and trying not to snicker in public when reading on the train. For a type-1 Diabetic bookworm, it’s both a relief and insightful to read another type-1 diabetic’s experiences.I was diagnosed with type-1 Diabetes in the 80′s, when I was four years old. Things were very different then, in many ways. The amount of items we need to carry around is one thing, but [...]

    20. 3.5 starsSweet Tooth is the story of a gay Type 1 diabetic kid growing up in the 80s and 90s. As you could probably already guess, this book was pretty weird. But is was a good kind of weird…a really refreshing and good kind of weird.My dad was actually fairly recently diagnosed with diabetes, so this book was good timing. It’s not quite the same, since my dad’s is Type 2 and didn’t develop until adulthood (and he’s not gay!), but getting to see a really nitty-gritty inside view of wha [...]

    21. And I can't start my review without sharing that first line, can I? To a boy whose ideal snack was Little Debbie Zebra Cakes, the existence of a disease like diabetes seemed like the dark work of a mean God. Tell me, doesn't that make you think- "I'm all in"? I don't know what I'm going to be reading, but I am all the way in, no questions asked. Because if it doesn't, I don't know if we can be friends. I just don't know how we'll overcome this. I am a huge David Sedaris fan and I'll tell you rig [...]

    22. Sweet Toothby Tim Anderson, is his memoir of his mid-teen to young adult years as a young person with Type I diabetes and as a gay man. Diagnosed with diabetes at age 15, Mr. Anderson rockets through the highs and lows (literal and metaphorical) of living with this disease. For Mr. Anderson, this diagnosis is devastating, not only because he has a disease that requires life-long vigilance and has long-term health implications, but because, he has, as the title notes, a very active sweet tooth - [...]

    23. When I started reading this memoir, I knew it was a memoir and he had to grow up dealing with diabetes, but I was a bit surprised when he started to mention his penchant for self pleasuring, the first hint of his homosexuality (straight guys do not talk of their masturbatory habits, as a rule, gays are more open and accepting of that part of their nature), but it was very much as if he totally accepted his sexuality (he was very confident in his sexuality). I found his dual acceptance of Christ [...]

    24. This book is remarkable! It's a page-turner and I enjoyed it more than 'Running with Scissors'. Why? Because I related to most of the crises Tim went through as he traversed from puberty to mid-30s. I am surprised many of the other reviews are not from white gay males, so apparentaly there's much to say that one's personal truth can be quite relatable across the board. Tim admitted his awkwardness, his intelligence, his yearning for belonging. When he finally does get to experience a local gay p [...]

    25. My Vine review: I guess the humorous gay memoir is now it's own genre (not that there's anything wrong with that) and this one's twist is a good one. I am, fortunately, unfamiliar with the trials and tribulations of diabetes and Anderson's battle with the disease is one of the more horrifying things I've read in awhile. If he had chosen to write about it in an "oh poor me" fashion, no one would get through it, but his comedic spin on it, though it is a quite dry comedic spin, keeps the reader f [...]

    26. A tart, but never sickly sweet memoir which serves up humor and heartache in equal measure. It tells Tim's story of growing up gay in North Carolina, his preoccupation with sweets, and coping with Type 1 diabetes. Tim looks back on those years with a certain fondness and love, but with an eye for mining all the comic potential from the teenage angst and drama we've all experienced, and to some degree, self-manufactured.His writing is as smart as it is funny, and several times had to put the Kind [...]

    27. Story: 9First MC: 9Second MC: N/ASecondary characters: 8Mystery: 3Sexual tension: 3Humor: 8Hotness: 2Product placement: 6Ridiculousness: 1Annoying: 0Audio: 10 (10h 6min)To re-read: 10Even though its a memoir (which I never read) I really enjoyed it. And even though I don't like YA I like this, mainly because of the heavy dose of humor (only way I could finish a YA book) Starts when Tim is 15, gay boy with a very sweet tooth. It progresses to his life as a diabetic gay man.There are periods when [...]

    28. I enjoyed Sweet Tooth, though I would've preferred if the author had written a novel inspired by his life than this rather non-eventful memoir.I wasn't aware diabetes was such a serious medical issue, but even still, Tim's sweet tooth isn't the most compellingly-drawn through line for the memoir. I often felt there was an exaggerated and artificial quality to the events described, particularly the constant listing of sweets and cravings -- of the male and sugary variety. I found myself asking, " [...]

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